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Mumbai: Around 300 workers at Tata Motors Ltd’s plant in Sanand, Gujarat, have gone on a flash strike over the issue of reinstatement of suspended workers.

The workers have gone on an illegal sit-in strike on 22 February, demanding re-instatement of the workmen suspended for serious misconduct, Tata Motors said in a statement on Tuesday. The management is continuing to make efforts to convince the striking workers to restore normalcy, even as the plant operations are simultaneously continuing, the company said.

The workers are protesting against disciplinary actions against those instigating workmen, the company said. Around 20 workmen have been suspended on charges of serious misconduct, it said.

“Tata Motors remains committed to its well-established principles of strong and cordial relationship with its people, with fair, employee-friendly policies at all times, but will not tolerate any indiscipline and coercive methods to pressurize for unreasonable demands," the company’s spokesperson said in an emailed response to a query.

The labour unrest at the Gujarat plant comes days ahead of company’s small car launch Tiago. Tata Motors plans to launch the Tiago by March end, the company said in a statement on 22 February.

Labour issues at the company’s Gujarat unit has cropped up even as the lock out at Tata Marco Motors plant in Dharwad, Karnataka continues. The plant has been shut for 22 days. Workers at the bus-making unit have been at loggerheads with the management over the issue of wage negotiations and suspension of a few workers on disciplinary grounds.

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